Tuesdays With Dorie – Tribute to Katharine Hepburn Brownies

by Jessica on July 7, 2009

Katharine Hepburn Brownies

I started to get major migraines during the last few months of my senior year at TCU. So with a little help from a family friend (who just happens to be a top doc at Johns Hopkins), I got the right meds and was advised to ween myself off of caffeine. If you know me at all, you’ll know that it wasn’t easy. See, I’m a Starbucks junkie… literally, I’m in there EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. I walk in and they’re already making my drink (which is now a decaf grande Americano with room, thankyouverymuch). I’m friends with most of the baristas, we trade book recs and even hang out away from the ‘Bucks (gasp!). Even though I function pretty well without it, I miss the caffeine. I’m sure it’s just my imagination, though. 😉

So when I read over the recipe for these Hepburn brownies, I did a happy dance and knew exactly how I was going to change ’em up. Since I’ve kicked the good stuff (read: caffeine), I decided to go all out with a little jolt… dark chocolate cocoa powder, chopped dark chocolate and espresso powder. Talk about caffeine overload. YUM!!

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A big caffeine-induced “thank you” to Lisa of Surviving Oz (the creator of our fab new logo!) for this week’s pick!

Tribute to Katharine Hepburn Brownies (pg. 96-97)
Source: Baking – From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 isa July 7, 2009 at 1:12 am

I love coffee too, impossible to live without! Wonderful brownies!


2 Teanna July 7, 2009 at 8:54 am

Yeah, I gave up drinking coffee this summer and it was not easy, but these brownies look like they brought back a good jolt! They look fantastic!


3 Leslie July 7, 2009 at 9:22 am

Caffeine triggers my migraines, too, so I make my own brew at home…75% Peet’s decaf French Roast and 25% Peet’s French Roast. I get a tiny bit of caffeine without living in a dark room three days a month. I’m glad you made these with the espresso powder and enjoyed them!


4 Amy (Sing for your supper) July 7, 2009 at 10:43 am

Decaf isn’t so bad, though – at least you still get your ‘bucks everyday! 😉 Great looking brownies, J!


5 nutmegnanny July 7, 2009 at 11:28 am

Oh my gosh those look amazing. I need something chocolate in my kitchen right now…:)


6 Wendy July 7, 2009 at 11:46 am

I love your brownies. They look so dark and delicious. YUM.


7 Kayla July 7, 2009 at 11:55 am

Omg those look incredible!


8 Sugar B July 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Look how dark and handsome your brownies are! 😉

I remembered my caffeine college addiction. Good times, right? Most of my friends are STILL Starbucks junkies, despite the recession!


9 Kayte July 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I figured there would be brownie baking going on over here this week. Yep, just knew it. Those are really really rich and chocolatey!


10 Deanna July 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Wow, those look so rich and decadent! I’ll take mine with a tall glass of milk, please…


11 Sharon July 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Coffee and Chocolate-love the combination. Your brownies look super gooey good.


12 Jules July 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I love the dark cocoa powder. These look great!


13 Megan July 7, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Holy Moly! Those are some seriously dark brownies!

I like them.


14 Katrina July 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm

See now THAT’s the way I like my caffeine–CHOCOLATE! Your brownies look awesome. I made these four times and LOVE them! Great new, easy go-to brownies, if ya ask me. 😉


15 theeclecticconnoisseur July 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Wow, you’re brownies look delish! Much thicker than mine were.


16 Kim July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm

These look fantastic. I want one.


17 Erin July 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Wow! These are truly intensely dark brownies! I bet they gave you a jolt!


18 Jill July 7, 2009 at 6:35 pm

They sure are dark! They look fantastic though.


19 Melissa July 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Your brownies look perfect! Glad you enjoyed them!


20 Michelle July 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I hear you on the coffee shop addiction. I go to this local place called Mocha Madness and let me tell you it’s my MAD addiction. I drink chai tea and like you every day it’s ready for me when I walk in the door!!
Your brownies look so good and dark!


21 pamela July 8, 2009 at 7:16 am

Of all of the brownies I’ve been seeing, I haven’t seen any quite as dark or tempting!! Fantastic.


22 Heather B July 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

yum! Great looking brownies! My mom would be all over those (she’s a dark chocolate junkie)!


23 Clivia July 8, 2009 at 6:07 pm

I also gave up coffee, almost a year ago. But no decaf, it’s too near the real thing. But I still cook with it. It really enhances the chocolate. Glad you enjoyed!


24 Amy Ruth July 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Love you story and glad you don’t let a little fun get you down. Living on the edge can be a little funsy too. Take care of the noggin though. Great brownies aren’t they?


25 Tracey July 8, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Your brownies look so dark and rich! I’m glad you enjoyed them! I tried to give up caffeine a few years ago and it was not pretty. Needless to say, I failed…


26 teaandscones July 9, 2009 at 9:13 am

WOW!!! Look at those deep dark,dense brownies. Fantastic.


27 Nancy (n.o.e.) July 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Those brownies look like they deliver quite the jolt of chocolate-y deliciousness! I hope they didn’t induce a migraine. My migraines have no (known) trigger, so I haven’t had to make food sacrifices.


28 Spike July 11, 2009 at 1:05 pm

those sound amazing!!! love your variations


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